A group of more than 30 news outlets and transparency groups wrote to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, asking her to require schools to report COVID-19 outbreaks faster. The information comes as cases soar among some colleges and schools.
A statewide group of news and government transparency groups is pushing the Whitmer administration to timely name schools and colleges in Michigan with coronavirus outbreaks as families decide whether to send children to classrooms.
A few dozen districts are offering parents a choice between in-person learning and online learning. Many are starting the school year remotely and planning to transition to face-to-face instruction when conditions allow.
More than 2,500 Michigan classrooms were led by long-term substitutes, rather than trained educators – a 10-fold increase in five years. Bridge’s investigation won top honors from the Education Writers Association.
From expanding our coverage of Native American issues, to data analysis to deepening reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, three young journalists will hone their journalism skills at Bridge this summer.
Michigan releases daily reports on case counts from eight regions across the state. There are few cases in northern Michigan and declining ones in Metro Detroit. But the southwest and west parts of Michigan are still seeing elevated case counts.
As the coronavirus crisis slams Michigan businesses, some local newspapers are struggling to stay open amid declining ad revenue. C&G Newspapers is suspending publication for 2 to 4 weeks, while the Metro Times in Detroit laid off staffers.